Van Gaal delivers latest Man United injury update after Leicester draw
Louis van Gaal reveals that Wayne Rooney picked up a minor injury in Manchester United's 1-1 draw at Leicester City
Louis van Gaal has revealed that he opted to substitute Wayne Rooney during Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Leicester City because the striker picked up an injury in a clash with Robert Huth.
Rooney was replaced by Memphis Depay in the 69th minute at the King Power Stadium as Van Gaal’s men chased a winner against the Foxes.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the final whistle, Van Gaal explained: “He was a little bit injured. You saw him limping. I wanted to change a striker because they were not running in behind.
“I could have chosen [Anthony] Martial because he didn’t deliver either. So that’s why I changed Rooney, because he was a little bit injured.”
Reflecting on the result, Van Gaal added: “I have said to my players, these are the kind of matches you have to win if you want to be champions at the end of the season.”
Jamie Vardy netted the opener after a sweeping counter attack from the home side following a United corner at King Power Stadium.
Vardy held off Ashley Young’s challenges as he slotted a cool finish past David De Gea to put the Foxes ahead in the 24th minute.
The goal means that Vardy now holds the all-time Premier League record for scoring in successive top-flight games, with the forward having beaten former United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy’s previous tally of 10.
Bastian Schwensteiger then headed in an equaliser for Van Gaal’s men from a corner before half-time.